4 Times An NBA Team SAVED A Player's Career

  • Published on Mar 5, 2018
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    Welcome back everybody to Sporting Logically, today we are talking about NBA players whose careers were saved by an NBA franchise. For each of these players, there is a clear crossroads in their career - a point in time in which it seemed their time as an NBA player was over. This could be for a number of reasons - returning from serious injury, seeing almost no individual success in their first few seasons in the league, or even having great success early on... only for their production to fizzle out over time. But regardless of the situation, it was clear that each of these players seemed to be only a blip on the radar of NBA teams. That is of course until, as the title implies, one team decided to give them a shot - one last chance to prove themselves worthy of an NBA roster spot - and as a result of that chance, they revitalized their careers and became valuable contributors in the NBA. Obviously each of these guys worked hard to improve their game to become a solid NBA player, but there is also little doubt that the structure of their new team played a big part in their growth as well. Before we start, obviously there are more than 4 instances of this occurring throughout NBA history - these guys are just my favorites and the ones I find most interesting... but if you have some other guys in mind for this list, be sure to share them in the comments section below. Lets go ahead and get started.
    1 - Gerald Green, New Jersey Nets
    2 - Javale McGee, Golden State Warriors
    3 - Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs
    4 - Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn Nets
    *All stats are sourced from basketballreference.com and are accurate as of 3/5/18*
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  • Thisdark Optic
    Thisdark Optic Day ago

    I think Rudy gay should have been on this list

  • One Ball Man
    One Ball Man 2 days ago

    Really thank gsw for signing mcgee he really is my favourite player of all time

  • Ocean Lian
    Ocean Lian 2 days ago

    Jeremy kin knickw

  • cl ng
    cl ng 3 days ago

    Where is jeremy lin

  • Dark Sandflame
    Dark Sandflame 7 days ago

    i’m pretty sure lakers saved mcgee’s career way more than the warriors

  • Dustin Long
    Dustin Long 7 days ago

    Or Bc they play better playing as a leader and star player not coming off the bench and no one looking up to them

  • Tx Hail
    Tx Hail 8 days ago

    Lebron went to the heat and won 2

  • Jazzy Berry
    Jazzy Berry 12 days ago

    Lol if this was after the season ended Quinn Cook would be here too.

  • Oscar Lu
    Oscar Lu 12 days ago

    If you don't want to watch , the four players are Gerald Green, Javale McGee, Danny Green, Shaun Livingston.

  • AndoGamerTR
    AndoGamerTR 13 days ago +1

    Nicola Batum

  • Deqing Zhu
    Deqing Zhu 14 days ago

    Jeremy Lin is a big one, was on a 10 day contract with the Knicks, and probably was going to be out of the league right after. Fortunately Knicks were lacking on the PG spot that gave him a chance to break out. Which lead to his crazy contract with the Rockets

    BALLGOAT 20 days ago

    Yeah true hajha

  • Wasp
    Wasp 22 days ago

    Trey Burke

  • TacoNipples
    TacoNipples 23 days ago

    D ROSE?

  • flaber maber
    flaber maber 23 days ago +1


  • Lone Tekopua
    Lone Tekopua 23 days ago

    Tim mozgov, Zara pachulia?

  • J Luna9
    J Luna9 23 days ago

    I met Danny green

  • Tim Liaw
    Tim Liaw 25 days ago

    I don’t know how Jeremy Lin is not on this list!? Went from undrafted to multi year contact player!

  • Youssef Budjaj
    Youssef Budjaj 27 days ago

    James Johnson and Wayne Ellington with the Heat

  • Dranreb Quinantoto
    Dranreb Quinantoto 29 days ago

    How about jeff green

  • Jet Mondate
    Jet Mondate Month ago

    I thought Gerald Green was always good...

  • Prince Salazar
    Prince Salazar Month ago

    The nets revive two players but did not win a ring haha

  • Barclays
    Barclays Month ago

    Jeremy Lin with the Knicks?

  • MagicManiac 01
    MagicManiac 01 Month ago +1

    300th comment ! 🎉🎉🎊🎊

  • Longway Bankroll Fresh
    Longway Bankroll Fresh 2 months ago

    Iman taylor I meant shumpert

  • Bkgiest
    Bkgiest 3 months ago

    The Nets being a dumpster fire has provided opportunity for players. Now that they are over the Celtics fleece, whos gonna save careers now?

  • levi leszek
    levi leszek 3 months ago

    Do a video if legends played in today’s league

  • George Hunter
    George Hunter 3 months ago

    Chaucey Billups

  • GiacomoSpaggiari_
    GiacomoSpaggiari_ 3 months ago

    Gerald Green 💥

  • markeith davis
    markeith davis 3 months ago

    Lance Stephenson

  • rafedavis1984
    rafedavis1984 3 months ago

    Boris diaw was cut from the worst team in history and was able to be a huge contributor in the spurs championship run

  • Themistoklis16
    Themistoklis16 3 months ago

    Nuggets Birdman

  • CPGoat #3
    CPGoat #3 4 months ago

    No tyson Chandler,

  • Crispy
    Crispy 4 months ago


  • Anto
    Anto 4 months ago

    Where is Jeremy Lamb?

  • Mik Wagenaar
    Mik Wagenaar 4 months ago

    Victor aldiapo

  • Ben Dova
    Ben Dova 5 months ago

    Javel on the Lakers now lol this going to be fun to watch

  • real isrealite
    real isrealite 5 months ago

    Livingston plays defense on the other teams big guard or small forward.Solid defender and too much for most guards to stop 15 ft in.

  • Meeow Mee
    Meeow Mee 5 months ago

    Warriors destroy many nba carrers

  • Terry Hesticles
    Terry Hesticles 5 months ago

    The Indiana Pacers tried with Lance Stephenson, but he's a greedy ass bitch.

  • Anthony Jaramillo
    Anthony Jaramillo 5 months ago

    What about the Spurs and Boris diaw and Jonathan Simmons?

  • Aerus Ph.D.
    Aerus Ph.D. 5 months ago

    Sean Livingston is one of my favorite players. Happy for him.

  • Boston Baller
    Boston Baller 5 months ago

    Isaiah Thomas

  • metaldude4563
    metaldude4563 5 months ago

    Isaiah Thomas with the Celtics

  • world wonder
    world wonder 5 months ago

    Now McGee is an importal piece on GSW. Congrats McGee🏆🏆🏆

  • hunyango
    hunyango 5 months ago

    I am happy with how shaun livingstons career turnsout, after that injury i was really skeptical and sad coz i know how good he is and he is really a solid back up pg. i am really happy that he career is really going strong and he has 2 championship rings already. VERY HAPPY FOR YOU SHAUN!!!

  • Donell Clemons
    Donell Clemons 5 months ago

    Dennis Rodman before he sign with the bulls

  • Lattrice Robinson Jr
    Lattrice Robinson Jr 5 months ago

    Victor Oladipo

  • Iosua Iosua
    Iosua Iosua 5 months ago

    People are stupid when it comes to Javale Mcgee he's got the thing you can't teach SIZE, LENGTH & HOPZ! I'd keep him in the paint all day blockin fools and throwing down the occasional A-Oop

  • Big Poppa Botch
    Big Poppa Botch 5 months ago

    The Warriors made Kent Bazemore and Mo Speights desirable options for wannabe contenders, then made JaVale McGee and Swaggy P champions, 'nuff said

  • clipside
    clipside 5 months ago

    Swaggy p... from getting snitched to getting rings

  • P L
    P L 5 months ago

    JaVale McGee > Shaq

  • P L
    P L 5 months ago

    How to turn an NBA career around?

    Go to GSW

  • jordan michael
    jordan michael 5 months ago

    2 player are on the gsw and 1 spurs are all champion

  • Grand Slam
    Grand Slam 5 months ago

    Dallas 2011 many old guys got their rings.

  • TrUTh_NLC - Fortnite Gameplay

    Javale 2019 MVP

  • ian restrivera
    ian restrivera 5 months ago

    Andre Iguodala

  • kevin wu
    kevin wu 5 months ago

    If you look at GSW roster and all their bench players you begin to realise how well GSW has actually used these players.

  • Greg S
    Greg S 5 months ago

    Dennis Rodman was traded to the Bulls in 95 from the Spurs for Will Purdue. He won 3 more rings so I guess you can say that the Bulls saved his career.

  • ernest valdes
    ernest valdes 6 months ago

    James Johnson Miami Heat for sure!

  • David Talkington
    David Talkington 6 months ago

    How can a bench player in the NBA make 8 million a year? Wow lol

  • Sam Liuliu
    Sam Liuliu 6 months ago

    Green played for Indiana to

  • gwapsgarcia
    gwapsgarcia 6 months ago

    Gsw gave mcgee a new beginning. Even if they shoudav lost to rockets he still proved to be useful. Meanwhile lebron making him and nick a champion what a great guy.

  • Sean Molloy
    Sean Molloy 6 months ago

    Half the people who play for Pop or Stevens.

  • Chris W
    Chris W 6 months ago

    Yo you forgot p.j tucker

  • Spenser Cruz
    Spenser Cruz 6 months ago

    Livingston if he got a chance sooner following the injury might have been able to be a much larger contributor

  • Levi Ackerman
    Levi Ackerman 6 months ago +2

    I already knew livingston was coming and warriors is the team that saved him

  • John K
    John K 6 months ago

    What about Jeff green?

  • John K
    John K 6 months ago

    Mcgee is the poster boy for being carried

  • Pinay Singapore
    Pinay Singapore 6 months ago

    Warriors are good in seeing gold in the trash.
    Who would have thought Javale West and Shaun ending careers are are not yet over.

  • RiseAndShine
    RiseAndShine 6 months ago

    Now Ma boi javale 2 time NBA champ!

  • ivan
    ivan 6 months ago

    Quin Cook

  • Вася Лаврентьев

    Victor Oladipo?

  • Anthony Coleman
    Anthony Coleman 6 months ago

    Latrell Sprewell with the Knicks

  • Sid Jones
    Sid Jones 6 months ago

    The Nets and Cavs cut good players.

  • UnXpctd79Mo Lowe
    UnXpctd79Mo Lowe 6 months ago

    Y'all don't get it, at all SMH! Look at all the players who put in work to chase the title, and only end up with a HOF speech, or just a great career and highlight list. NBA is sad.

  • asterisk911
    asterisk911 6 months ago

    4:23 You're getting your Greens mixed up.

  • Blue Sky
    Blue Sky 6 months ago +3

    Heard that it was Iguodala that got GSW to give McGee a chance. Glad that under GSW coaching, McGee had improved his basketball IQ. I also think that his goofs put other players guard down, that he could sneak to the rim.

    • UnXpctd79Mo Lowe
      UnXpctd79Mo Lowe 6 months ago

      Blue Sky Ok. Agreed, this goofy dude maybe playn the part of dummy, but has a championship ring. Other well known/great players have to sit back and watch the bullshit unfold. SMDH some players would want a ring next to being inducted into the HOF, but...

  • Bass Anglerxxx
    Bass Anglerxxx 6 months ago +1

    Chauncey Billups

  • Christopher Rajkumar
    Christopher Rajkumar 6 months ago

    Only clicked for my boy Javale

  • Anthony Coleman
    Anthony Coleman 6 months ago +2

    Rajon Rondo

  • Kwadwo Obeng Kyei-Baffour

    It seems the Nets are pretty good at reviving careers

  • Tony Raffetto
    Tony Raffetto 6 months ago

    The thumbnail description is plenty, you dont need to describe it for a minute and a half to start

  • Miggy Popoy
    Miggy Popoy 6 months ago

    Mcgee is better than cavs centers

  • dondon sarino
    dondon sarino 6 months ago

    Javelle he deserve to have a ring

  • Goku Ultra Instinct
    Goku Ultra Instinct 6 months ago

    where's quinn cook?

  • ngflycloud
    ngflycloud 6 months ago

    So uplifting to see Livingston come back from that horrible terrifying injury, i shiver every time remembering how his knee twisted.

  • IamGravel
    IamGravel 6 months ago

    Almost every veteran the Warriors signed after 2015 can be on this list.

  • Willie Wright
    Willie Wright 6 months ago +1

    Kevin Durant.....should be number 1

  • Mariah Lin
    Mariah Lin 6 months ago +3

    Warriors need to re-sign McGee for 2018/19. Play him as a starting C. Spread the minutes around with Damian Jones and Bell.

    • Mariah Lin
      Mariah Lin 5 months ago +1

      Zaza is gone for sure. Dwight is a nice prospect but not a critical piece.
      McGee's asthma isn't the real problem, he can definitely play 20 mins. The issue is whether he can maintain his composure and decision making over longer time frames.

    • Jaime Ramir Apostol
      Jaime Ramir Apostol 5 months ago

      but Mcgee's ashthma limits him to just 15 to 20 minutes of play. maybe trade Zaza and get Dwight Howard for GSW.

  • g barnwell
    g barnwell 6 months ago +13

    Key to NBA players...know your role. You can stay in the league!!!!

  • Steady Freddy
    Steady Freddy 6 months ago

    What about Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors?

  • juan sute
    juan sute 6 months ago +4

    Mcgee is now two time NBA champion 😂😂😂😂. Half the amount of rings as Shaq and going.

    • ItzJoey
      ItzJoey 4 months ago +1

      juan sute and 2 more than chuck

  • juan sute
    juan sute 6 months ago +1

    Nice video

  • Koby W
    Koby W 6 months ago

    Quin Cook's story is really cool, he has a very similar situation

  • Sweet Strawberry
    Sweet Strawberry 6 months ago


  • Big Sweaty
    Big Sweaty 6 months ago +2

    Tracy Murray with Toronto in 96

    • Anthony Coleman
      Anthony Coleman 6 months ago

      Big Sweaty Oh shit Tracy Murray lol you went waayyy back!

    • Big Sweaty
      Big Sweaty 6 months ago

      Bill Walton with the Celtics. Alonzo Mourning with the Heat. Right off the top of my head. Theres plenty I bet.

  • Andrew Awesome fantasy
    Andrew Awesome fantasy 6 months ago

    Tyreke Evans?

  • Tevin Coley
    Tevin Coley 6 months ago +56

    If u want to save your career just go to golden state to be honest they do get the best out of players

      BALLGOAT 20 days ago +2

      Tevin Coley facts I would haha easy

    • What's my name?
      What's my name? 27 days ago +3

      Or join the Spurs before Greg Poppovich retires.

  • Sally Dela cruz
    Sally Dela cruz 6 months ago

    Warriors are career saviors... McGee, Matt Barnes, David West, Nick Young, Shaun Livingston...